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Rules of Golf

The USGA, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game.The two organizations are joint authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf.Through an agreement with The R&A, the Rules jurisdiction of the USGA includes only the United States, its possessions and Mexico.The latest version went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, with the next revision taking effect Jan. 1, 2016.

Golf Rule 11 - Teeing Ground

TEEING GROUND: Where play of a hole begins. A ball is not considered in play until a stroke is made from this area. The area is defined by being two club lengths in depth and the sides and front are defined by two tee markers. A ball is considered outside of the teeing ground when all of the ball lies outside of this area.

The ball may be placed on the ground or any sustance to raise the ball when played from the teeing ground.

STANCE-a player doesn't have to stand within the teeing ground when making a stroke, only the ball has to be within the area.

The tee markers are fixed objects when the player makes his first stroke from the teeing ground.


MOVING TEE MARKER---*The player may not move the tee markers. If he does he receives a two stroke penalty in stroke play or loss of hole in match play.
MATCH PLAY (PLAYING OUTSIDE THE TEEING GROUND)---*the opponent can immediately re-call the shot, cancel the stroke, and play another ball within the teeing ground without penalty.
STROKE PLAY (PLAYING OUTSIDE THE TEEING GROUND)---*the player receives a two stroke penalty and must correct his error by playing another ball from the teeing ground. The player may be disqualified if he doesn't correct his error before a stroke on the next hole, or if playing his last hole must announce his intention of correcting the error before leaving the green. Strokes played outside of the teeing ground do not count as part of the competitors score.

Playing from the wrong teeing ground (or markers) is the same as playing from outside the teeing ground.